NBA action was once again fantastic on February 7. The Cleveland-Minnesota game was the Game of the Year with 34 lead changes, 16 ties and an NBA-record 40 three-pointers. It also featured a game-winner by Lebron James.
7. Andre Drummond pounds the glass
Drummond, the league’s top rebounder, grabbed a season-high 27 rebounds while adding 17 points in the Pistons 115-106 victory over the Nets. It was the 38th double-double and 11th, 20-plus rebound performance for the Eastern Conference Player of the Week. He has three 20, rebound games in his last five contests.
Drummond, who was just 5-for-17 from the field, was very active on the defensive end. The 6-11 center hauled in 20 rebounds, blocked two shots and came away with three steals. He was also was 7-for-10 from the free throw line.
Drummond had 11 points and 15 rebounds in the second half as the Pistons increased their lead from three at halftime. Seven of his 27 boards were on the offensive end.
For the season, Drummond grabs a rebound a league-best 26.2% of all available caroms. He is second in the league in defensive rebound rate at 36.8% and second in offensive rate at 16.3%.
6. Allen Crabbe has a career night
Crabbe was en fuego against the Pistons. Crabbe poured in a career-high 34 points as he knocked down 13-of-22 shots, including 6-of-14 from beyond the arc. He had 19 of the Nets 33 fourth quarter points.
The offensive explosion marked the fifth-year guard’s second career 30-point game. His previous career-high came on Jan. 17 against Detroit, ironically. In that game, Crabbe was 12-of-15 from the floor including 5-of-5 from downtown.
Crabbe, who has reached double-figures in six of his last nine games, has scored at least 10 points on 32 occasions. He now has seven games of 20 or more points.
5. James Harden continues his scoring prowess
After a relatively quiet January, Harden has turned up the heat over the last week or so. Harden, the league’s scoring leader, lit up Miami for 41 points as he connected on 13 of 25 shot attempts (52%) and 10 of 12 from the charity stripe. The Western Conference Player of the Week has scored 30 or more in three of his last five games, averaging 36.1 during this stretch.
Harden added six assists, four rebounds and three steals. He was also 5-of-12 from beyond the arc, marking the fourth time during this five-game stretch that he has drained at least four triples.
The Beard now has eight 40-point games on the season. In his two games against Miami, Harden averaged 34.5 points, 5.5 assists and 3.0 rebounds while shooting 45.1% from the field and 40.0% from the 3-point line.
4. Josh Richardson’s 3-point shooting
Richardson, who drew Harden on the defensive end, tallied a career-high 30 points against Houston. He made 11-of-20 shots from the field, including a personal best 7-of-9 from beyond the arc. It marked the third game this year that he has drained five or more triples.
Richardson, who is averaging 20.3 points in February, is making 46.4% of his 3-point shots in 2018. For the season, he averages a career-best 1.7 treys while shooting at a 38.4% clip.
3. San Antonio’s bench
The Spurs snapped a two-game losing streak with a 129-81 blowout victory over the Suns. 64 or 49.6% of those points came from the Spurs’ reserves.
Patty Mills led the second unit with 18 points, on 6-of-9 shooting including 5-of-7 from beyond the arc. He also added three rebounds, one assist, one steal, one blocked shot in just 18 minutes of action in just 18 minutes of action. Mills was also a plus-30 in plus/minus rating.
Tony Parker had 13 points and Derrick White chipped in 10 points off the bench.
2. LeBron James’ games winner
In the best game of the nite, James capped his ninth triple-double of the season and 64th of his career with a fadeaway buzzer-beater to give the Cavs a 140-138 overtime victory over the Timberwolves.
James finished with 37 points, 15 assists and 10 rebounds though he also had five turnovers. He was 16-of-22 from the field and 5-of-7 from long distance.
It was James’ fifth buzzer-beater of his career.
1. Jimmy Butler and Karl-Anthony Towns are becoming one of the best duos in the game
As tremendous as James was, Butler and Towns were equally as impressive on the offensive end for the Timberwolves.
Butler and Towns combined for 65 points, on 24-of-33 (72.7%) shooting, 15 rebounds and seven assists.
Butler, who missed a potential go-ahead shot in the final seconds of overtime, was 14-of-21 from the field to finish with 35 points. He was 4-of-5 from beyond the arc and 3-of-3 at the free throw line. Butler also had six assists, five rebounds and two steals.
Towns posted his 48th double-double of the season with a 30-points, 10-rebound and two block performance. He made 10-of-12 shots, including a career-best 6-of-6 from the three-point line.